The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT are powered by a 4.6L V8 engine linked to an 8-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386 bhp with 487Nm of torque which propels the large saloon from 0 to 60mph in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. However, the AWD’s output is limited to 360 bhp and 470Nm. Therefore, it sprints from 0 to 60 mph at a slower 5.9 seconds. The LS 600h Hybrid draws its power from both a 5.0L V8 engine and a pair of electric motors to produce a total output of 438 bhp. This green version does the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The F Sport edition benefits from a body kit that comes with a different front bumper that incorporates larger side air vents. Other sporting elements include side skirts, lowered suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, a diffuser placed between the tail pipes and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. On the interior, the F Sport model pampers the driver and passenger with two-tone seats that come with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and aluminum trim.
Somehow, I prefer the pre-facelift LS sedan. The loud spindle grille looks kind of out-of-place with the generally conservative profile of the luxury sedan. As the saying goes- “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, some wealthy man may find the styling of the revised LS appealing.